Falling behind 21-6 at halftime, the Gardner Edgerton High School football team dropped a 42-14 Eastern Kansas League decision at Blue Valley West High School Friday night.
Early on, GEHS made a game of it. Junior quarterback Griffin Johns connected with Zach Bass on a 62-yard pass setting up the Blazers inside the 10-yard line.
Two plays later, sophomore running back Keegan Michael scored on a two-yard run. The point-after by Cameron Carter was no good, and GEHS held a 6-0 lead at less than seven minutes left in the first quarter.
The score remained 6-0 until early in the second quarter when BVW Jaguar quarterback Nathan Wiles connected with Mark Collins on a 63-yard touchdown pass. The point-after kick was good giving West a 7-6 lead.
GEHS responded by mounting a solid drive midway through the second quarter. The drive mixed the pass and the run, getting the Blazer squad within red zone only to stall on a fourth-and-two-yard pass play.
From there, West took control. West’s John Lacy, who had 180 yards on the ground, scored on a 10-yard touchdown run, and Wiles connected with Cole Richenbury on a 79-yard pass to put West up 21-6 at halftime.
“Our kids played hard,” GEHS Coach Marvin Diener said. “We have some injuries right now, but the kids kept fighting.”
West added third quarter touchdowns by Wiles — a 10-yard touchdown run — and Lacy’s 37-yard touchdown run.
After a fourth West touchdown from Wiles to Jake Lansford, GEHS finally scored on a 28-yard run by Michael. Michael led the rushing effort with 117 yards on 26 carries and scored two touchdowns.
Johns added 64 yards on 11 totes. Bass had 27 yards on five carries,
and Matt Summerlin had 27 yards on four carries.
Through the air, Johns was four of 10 for 101 yards. His favorite target was Bass, who hauled in three catches for 93 yards. Tony Walker caught one pass for eight yards.
Now 1-3, GEHS will remain on the road to face St. Thomas Aquinas High School, 2-2, Friday night.
Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. on Oct. 2.